The current revival of the seminal rock musical, Hair, is a smash hit with a great cast inhabiting the hippy world created by set designer Scott Pask (with costumes by Michael McDonald, lighting by Kevin Adams, and sound by Sten Severson and Nevin Steinberg of Acme Sound Partners). Pask’s set is an integral part of Diane Paulus’ energetic production….Ben Brantley in The New York Times says, “Scott Pask’s exposed-wall set is the perfect playground for a world in which imagination (aided by chemical substances) provides the décor.” And David Rooney in Variety notes: “Much credit goes to the design team's skill at re-conceptualizing the show for a proscenium theater. Suggesting a public space commandeered by hippie occupation, Scott Pask has littered the stage with rugs and splashed sunbeams and stars across a back wall punctuated by windows, doors, walkways and a tangle of stairs. This allows the hyperactive cast to race around at all levels, including aisles, boxes, mezzanine and even street exits.”

In moving this revival—mounted by The Public Theatre in Central Park last summer—to a Broadway house, Pask created a place for the hippie tribe to work its magic, with a brightly colored back-wall, tribal rugs on the floor, and hanging lanterns. Here’s a look at his designs sketches from the back-wall sketch and drafting, to the colorful rugs, for a set that truly lets the sun shine. The full story in the May issue of Live Design

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Watch a video interview with Scott Pask from the NY Times

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